Alberta Street businesses

Supporting Alberta Street business & property owners

  • One of our goals is to support existing and new small business and building owners. These pages are dedicated to providing resources to help your business succeed. If you have ideas/resources/skills to share or if you are looking for resources or advice – please let us know!

The Alberta Street Business Census

  • The Alberta Street Business Census is a comprehensive data-gathering project involving all Alberta Street businesses and nonprofits. The purpose of this annual collection of information is to get a full picture of our demographics, identify areas for improvement and establish benchmarks for success. We hope you’ll participate so that all business owners are represented.Business Census

Alberta Street business resources

  • Small Business Seminar Series

    Join us for our small business seminar series supporting you & your business in creating a vibrant and strong Alberta Street. Learn More

    Urban renewal area programs

    The Portland Development Commission connects people and resources to create jobs, support business growth and revitalize neighborhoods. Guided by the city’s Economic Development Strategy, the agency focuses on explicit investments in the fundamentals of economic development: business expansion and retention, workforce training, innovation, catalytic projects and an ecosystem that nurtures entrepreneurs and small businesses. Learn More

    Promoting good design

    The Portland Main Street Design Handbook encourages good design by addressing issues that business and property owners face in planning commercial and retail improvements. The principles give advice on how to improve the unique physical environment of commercial neighborhood districts. This includes storefront design, streetscape improvements, sustainability considerations, and maintenance of buildings and the public way. Download the Portland Main Street Design Handbook.

Matching Mini Grant Program

  • Alberta Main Street is awarding grant funds to Alberta Street business and commercial property owners to support and incentivize improvements to your business or property. This is a matching grant program, which means that the applicant pays a portion of the improvement and Alberta Main Street matches that portion. The level of match provided will be determined based on length of ownership plus equity focused funding priorities. The maximum grant contribution by Alberta Main Street is $2,500 per project. Learn More

Local business FAQs

  • What can I do about all of the graffiti? Graffiti is vandalism which becomes costly for taxpayers, business and property owners, and local residents. The City of Portland Graffiti Abatement Program works with concerned neighbors and business owners to identify, report and remove graffiti from public and private spaces. Learn More

    Who is responsible for sidewalk repair in front of my building? The owner(s) of land abutting any street shall be responsible for constructing, reconstructing, maintaining and repairing the sidewalks, curbs, driveways and parking strips…Learn More

    How do I get a permit for my A-Board portable sign? Signs, awnings, banners and strobe lights located on private property and portable signs (commonly known as A-Boards) regardless of location are regulated by Title 32 (known as the sign code) of the Portland City Code. Learn More

Though Alberta Main Street is not a business association, we do provide resources to support and promote local businesses and commerce in Portland’s picturesque Alberta Arts District. If you are a business or property owner and have questions, concerns or ideas regarding our neighborhood, please email us at

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